Robert L. Merrill, D.D.S., M.S.
10833 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Phone: (310) 794-7518
Educational and Professional Background
- 1961, B.A., Brigham Young University
- 1973, D.D.S., USC
- 1994, M.S., UCLA
Dr. Merrill completed a Fellowship in Pain Management in the UCLA Pain Management Center in 1990 and was appointed a clinic director of the Orofacial Pain Clinic in 1991. He started private practice in Orofacial Pain in 1990 and began to develop the Graduate Orofacial Pain Residency Program from 1991 to 1995. In 1995, he was asked to come to UCLA as a full time instructor and become part of the Orofacial Pain Faculty Practice and Director of the Orofacial Pain Program. He became boarded by the American Board of Orofacial Pain and was appointed director for developing the ABOP Oral Board Exam. He developed the Dental Sleep Medicine Program at UCLA, making UCLA the first Dental School in the world to teach Dental Sleep Medicine as part of its graduate program and to offer a Continuing Education Mini-Residency in sleep medicine.
Research for his Masters Degree was in Psychosocial Variables in Tension-type headache.
Developed and administers the FACIALPAIN list serve which has over 400 members around the world. The list serve is the primary instrument for facial pain specialists to communicate with each other.
Research in Disability associated with Orofacial Pain
Research in Trigeminal Neuralgia and Pre-trigeminal neuralgia
Life-time Achievement Award From the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (April, 2009)
Patient Care Activities
Director of the Graduate Orofacial Pain Clinic and oversees all resident/patient contacts.
Private practice in the Faculty Orofacial Pain Practice.
Dr. Merrill teaches 2 Core Curriculums courses in TMD and Orofacial Pain for all the UCLA Residencies in the summer and fall quarters of the first year of the residencies.
He teaches the following courses to the Orofacial Pain Residencies and in the Sleep Mini-residency program:
Neurophysiology of Pain
Neurobiology of Sleep
TMJ and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Neuroanatomy of the head and neck
Pain and Sleep
Medication management of Chronic Pain
Non-odontogenic Orofacial Pain
Professional Memberships and Activities
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
American Board of Orofacial Pain
American Headache Society
American Pain Society
International Association for the Study of Pain
Headache Cooperative of the Pacific
Dr. Merrill has guided and prepared the documentation that will make UCLA the first orofacial pain program to be evaluated in the newly recognized specialty of Orofacial Pain. Specialty recognitions will be announced in 2011.